Way Elementary School

Belief sets are at play in every school. Some refer to it as a vision, others to a mission. Setting aside outdated educational practices of the past, at Way Elementary we nurture a culture of thinking and compassion by embracing the Visible Thinking framework.

In This We Believe at Way Elementary

  • Focusing students on the learning vs. the work
  • Teaching for understanding vs. mere knowledge
  • Encouraging deep vs. surface learning strategies
  • Promoting independence vs. dependence
  • Developing a growth vs. fixed mindset

Want to learn more? Please feel free to contact us for an appointment and tour.

Our job is not to make up anybody's mind, but to open minds and to make the agony of the decision making so intense you can escape only by thinking. - Fred Friendly

A Window Into Way

Visible Thinking Program at Michigan School

Making Our Thinking Visible

It is often difficult to comprehend the extensive amount of thinking, learning, and understanding that is taking place inside your child’s classroom each and every day. A Window Into Way will provide you with snapshots of learning opportunities students are engaged in; experiences in which thinking is valued, visible and actively promoted. By making student’s thinking visible, we can better understand how our students are learning as well as their depth of understanding. Enjoy!


First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade


Dear Way Families,

As our school year draws to an end, I want to thank you for partnering with us so effectively around student achievement and social/emotional growth. Wishing you all the best this summer.

Student report cards will be available online through MyBloomfield on Monday, June 18 after 5PM.

If you have or know of a family that has an incoming Kindergarten or a new student to Way, please be aware to enroll at the Board Office on Wing Lake Rd. this summer.  
NWEA and Report Cards
Wednesday, June 13th  your child's NWEA or Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) test results came home in student backpacks or student folders. These tests determine your child's instructional level and measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of reading, math, and language. 
MAP tests are unique in that they are adaptive tests your child took on a computer. That means that the test became more difficult the more questions your child answered correctly. When your child incorrectly answered a question, the test became easier. Therefore, your child took a test specifically created for his or her learning level. In addition, your child should have had the opportunity to learn the information presented on the test because the tests are aligned with our curriculum.
Your child's MAP results are reported in RIT scores. This is a different type of score than a typical test that provides a percentage correct. It is also different from many tests that provide results based on your child's score compared to others in his or her grade.  Instead, the RIT score is an equal-interval scale, like feet and inches, that is independent of grade level. As a result, we can easily measure growth in learning. This type of score increases the value of the tests as a tool to improve student learning because it enables teachers to recognize where to focus attention for your child's learning.

Aaah, summer - that long anticipated stretch of lazy, lingering days, free of responsibility and rife with possibility. It's a time to hunt for insects, master handstands, practice swimming strokes, conquer trees, explore nooks and crannies, and make new friends.        -Darell Hammond

Adam Scher, Principal

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Institute for Healing Racism

As a member of the Bloomfield Hills Schools community, we would like to invite those who have not already participated to to attend the Institute for Healing Racism on August 9 and 10, 2018. The days will run from 8 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. Follow the links below to register for a session. Attendance at both days is mandatory. 

Questions? Contact Bill Boyle, Equity Programs Coordinator, at

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Way News 6/1/18

Dear Way Families,

I'm hoping to see many of you this evening for our Family Fun Night. Our wonderful PTO has put great effort into making it a fabulous evening. We begin at 6 and end at 9. 

Every year the Bloomfield Hills Foundation offers grant opportunities to be used for instruction, staff development, classroom environment and such. This year, Mrs. Dlugoss asked for and received an incubator to address science concepts. Here is a link to the video of the learning that followed. It highlights how the elementary years are filled with wonder and awe. Warm thanks to Mrs. Dlugoss and the Bloomfield Hills Foundation. Enjoy!

Safety to students and staff is paramount, so I'm asking you to do your part when entering our parking lot. Arrows are not optional. They guide the flow of traffic which works beautifully when adults obey the rules of the road. As the weather improves, it's natural for parents to congregate around the pick-up area for conversation. We appreciate your conversations but hope you can move the conversations to another area such as the playground or to the overflow parking lot. Too frequently we see students running around unattended, climbing trees, and such. Staff is responsible for helping approximately 100 students make their way home, but their responsibility ends when you've picked up. So it's important to clear that area as soon as possible for the safety of all. We talk a whole lot about PRIDE (Perseverance, Responsible, Integrity, Disciplined, Empathy) behavior for our students and hope that you will partner with us around these behaviors. Be a Wildcat filled with PRIDE!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mr. Scher

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Way Art Show

You are cordially invited to come participate in a gallery walk with your child at the Way Art Show. After enjoying the student artwork, please stop by the Art Studio for light refreshments provided by the Way PTO.


Opening Tuesday May, 29th


Student work will be on display
May 29th-June 8th

Your student's work will be coming home the week of June 11th

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Way News 1/12/18

Dear Way Families,

Please take the time to read these two important pieces:

When entering the building, it's vital that you check in with the office before heading to a classroom. We are responsible for our students' safety and we take that responsibility seriously. From time to time a parent will take their child out of the classroom without first checking in at the front office. This can result in confusion during dismissal and slows our process down considerably. We also prefer calling students down to the office so as to create the least disruption to classroom learning.

With bad weather conditions, buses may arrive later to the building. Unfortunately, some families are not obeying the rules of the bus loop, so I want to remind everyone that we have a dedicated drop off and pick up spot for students. Do not use the bus loop for drop off or pick up. Additionally, if you are stopped and told to return to the drop off site, please head out to Long Lake and start the process all over again. Driving the wrong way back into the parking lot is dangerous.

Safety is always our first concern. Tending to these two details will help to ensure safety.

Enjoy your weekend,

Adam Scher
Way Elementary
A School of Visible Thinking
"Enabling students to become architects of their futures"

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A Note from the Way PTO

Dear Families,

Welcome to Way Elementary! For those of you who are new to this school, we warmly welcome you into this big family.  
If you are new, we have a Way mentor to help you navigate our school and community. Please reach out to Lisa Grabowski via email at or 734.612.7880 for any help acclimating.

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Way Elementary
765 West Long Lake Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302


*Attendance: 248.341.7810
*(Includes early dismissals, late arrivals, absences and vacations)

Adam Scher, Principal

Cindy Antonis, Secretary

Jenny Rossi
Visible Thinking Coordinator

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Class 9:05 a.m. - 3:55 p.m.
Half Days 12:20 p.m. Dismissal

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
3:55 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Office 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Bus Hotline:248.341.6296 @BHSBuses